Sooo … did anybody catch the finale of “Life on Mars U.S.” last night? Way to defile the source material, guys. Five minutes after Kate and I stopped howling at the screen, I figured out a way to make it work with two lines of dialogue: “Yeah, we used some old British cop show for your template — what’s the problem? It’s set in 2004, innit?” It wouldn’t make the ending any better, but at least it would make it credible. As usual, the Onion AV Club comment threads offer the funniest and most astute post-game analysis. Go to town.
In other news: My latest Sympatico/MSN DVD column went up at some point in the last 24 hours, but no one tells me anything. Anyway, it’s all about “Slumdog Millionaire”… though if you’re planning to buy the standard-definition DVD for its special features, you might want to hold off for the moment. (The Blu-ray edition is fine, though.)
Also out today: The latest issue of NOW, featuring my sprint through this year’s Images festival, a peek at the second Toronto Tibet Film Festival and a whack of theatrical openings to which I’ll link tomorrow. Sure, you could click around the Movies section and read them right now, but that just undermines everything I try to do here, doesn’t it? I hope you’re proud of yourselves.